Camouflage and Deception Techniques for Urban Warfare
Final rept. 1974-1980
ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND FORT BELVOIR VA
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A discussion of historical techniques and future programs dealing with camouflage in urban warfare. The report emphasizes current capabilities in camouflage and deception and concludes that camouflage and deception techniques when used properly can provide significant tactical results in urban warfare. The purpose of this report is to analyze urban warfare from a camouflage viewpoint, considering complex modes of detection and the intricate character of the urban area. The multiple methods of camouflage and deception have been compiled for use in urban warfare. The product is a guide for identifying needs for future techniques and equipment and their deployment. A task of this work was to define the urban area, recognizing its important transportation and communications systems. Research included historical analysis, statistical study of urban growth, and an inquiry into the present worldwide doctrine dealing with urban warfare. Consideration was given to strategic points of view, concentrating on those tactics deemed relevant to urban warfare e.g., aerial reconnaissance, direct sight, and ground line communications. The report concludes that camouflage and deception can be tactically significant in urban warfare provided that effective materials are provided and that proper training is given to the using troops.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics